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As someone with the name Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Cumberbatch should know how much the names we give people matter.


"I'm an idiot." (screengrab via PBS)

Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized profusely after using the term "colored" during an interview on Tavis Smiley on PBS last week.

While lamenting the lack of opportunities for actors of color (ahem), Cumberbatch said: "I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really different in the UK." (Here's the clip. Cumberbatch slips up at 23:30.) Smiley, himself a man of color, doesn't dispute Cumberbatch's use of the term or even seem to notice it.

Sources: h/t HuffPo